Stars-Flyers Preview

March, 18, 2011
3/18/11
11:05
PM CT
Philadelphia Flyers at Dallas Stars
Saturday March 19
7:00 p.m.
TV: TXA 21
Radio: KTCK 1310 AM

About the Stars

The Stars are coming off a 5-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday at American Airlines Center. Kari Lehtonen stopped 23 shots for his second shutout in the last four games.

“It was a big game with one of the teams we’re battling with, so it was great to get lots of scoring from our guys and not too many bad chances against us,” Lehtonen said. “I think the first period was pretty even, but after that I think we took over. That was nice to see, especially against a great team like Chicago.”

The Stars improved to 2-2-1 on their current homestand, which has two games remaining.

Lehtonen is scheduled to start in goal Saturday.

Injuries: F Loui Eriksson (upper body) and F Adam Burish (lower body) are out.

About the Flyers

The Flyers are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss in Atlanta on Thursday. The Flyers overcame one-goal deficits three times in the game before falling in the shootout.

"We played catch-up hockey all night, and that's tough to do," said Philadelphia center Danny Briere. “There's not much difference in this league between a playoff team and a non-playoff team. There's parity every night. We were playing a desperate team, and they deserve what they got tonight.”

The Flyers, who have points in five straight games (3-0-2), are 5-5-3 over their last 13 games.

Injuries: D Chris Pronger (hand), D Oskars Bartulis (shoulder) and F Ian Laperriere (post-concussion syndrome) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Stars are 0-1-0 in the series and the Flyers are 1-0-0.

*Saturday February 11 | at Philadelphia | Philadelphia 3, Dallas 1

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars have scored three goals or more in ten of their last eleven games.

*The Flyers have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last eleven games.

*The Stars are 19-21 (90.5%) on the penalty kill over the last seven games.

*The Stars are 2-23 (8.7%) on the power play over the last seven games.

*Stars forward Jamie Benn is on a nine-game points streak (8 goals, 5 assists).

*Through Thursday’s games, Benn led all NHL players with eight goals in March and was tied for the league lead with 13 points in the month.

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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